chapter  7
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Negotiating the Good Life: Conflict Management in a Pluralistic Democracy

The neo-Aristotelian polis is very much a product of the global economy, and thrives in its various forms in the highly pluralistic but connected world of the twentieth century. The Aristotelian phronesis is more difficult to perform than it sounds, especially when conducted in the context of an open and pluralistic society. Inevitably, conflicts will arise in a pluralistic society, and they must be successfully resolved. Rawls' model is not neutral, but rather an impassioned and compelling case for the merits of Western-style pluralistic democracy. Clearly, however, a new approach to this effort is needed, one that both makes a philosophically compelling case for a neo-Aristotelian base of objective happiness as a core value, even if it does not depend on scientific certainty for its analysis or complete objectivity for its recommendations. In the end, it is not domination by a Sovereign but rather a nature made up of differences of life that provides the normative foundation for the community.